Easy cheesy sausage balls for a crowd is a simple make ahead recipe to serve at your next party. This addicting finger food is made with Bisquick, ground sausage, cheese, and spices. Bake until golden brown on the outside and moist and tender on the inside. These homemade appetizers are always a hit for holiday parties, casual game days, tailgating, and brunch. Serve with dip and watch them disappear!
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 pounds ground pork sausage, 80% lean, 20% fat (680g)
- 2 cups biscuit mix (240g)
- 4 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated (350g)
- 1/2 cup whole milk (118 ml)
- 3 tablespoons fresh chives, sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for one minute or until fragrant, stirring constantly.
- Mix together the ground pork, biscuit mix, cheese, chives, black pepper, and cooked garlic with your hands. Gradually add the milk until the mixture is has a moist consistency and holds a ball shape. (You can also use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment to mix the meat; just be careful not to overmix, or the balls will be tough.)
- Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 400 F. Meanwhile, roll the sausage mixture into 3/4 to 1 inch balls. Space them close together since they won’t spread, but not touching, so they can brown nicely. Recruit a kitchen helper to make the rolling go faster.
- Bake the sausage balls at 400 F on two different racks for 20 to 23 minutes, or until golden brown and the internal temperature reads 165 F. Switch trays halfway through baking for more even baking. Serve warm or at room temperature with a dipping sauce.
- Pre-grated cheese will make the meatballs dry, so use freshly grated.
- Want to reduce the carbs? Use less biscuit mix.
- Drain them on paper towel for less grease.
- Great to make ahead to keep in the fridge overnight or freeze for up to 3 months.
- If your appetizer turned out to dry, serve a gravy over top and let them sit in the fridge overnight.
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: sausage balls, cheese appetizers